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Oct 6, 2014

Manning joins 500 club as Broncos hammer Cardinals

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Peyton Manning tossed the 500th touchdown pass of his stellar career as the Denver Broncos inflicted the first defeat of the season on the Arizona Cardinals on a Sunday of thrilling National Football League comebacks and surprises.

In other games, the Dallas Cowboys kept their winning streak going with a tense 20-17 overtime victory over the Houston Texans while the Baltimore Ravens had their impressive run come to an abrupt halt, losing 20-13 to the Indianapolis Colts.

Oct 4, 2014

Mistakes were mine, says U.S. Cup captain Watson

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Tom Watson, heavily criticized for his allegedly detached approach in captaining the United States in its Ryder Cup defeat last month, has written an open letter in which he takes “full responsibility” for any mistakes made.

Watson, whose strategy was implicitly slammed by Cup veteran Phil Mickelson after the Americans had slipped to their eighth loss to Europe in 10 meetings, also praised his team for the “guts” they displayed in the last-day singles.

Sep 30, 2014

Bishop airs lessons learned by U.S. in Cup loss

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – As the dust settles over yet another Ryder Cup defeat for the United States, PGA of America president Ted Bishop says he would like to see a more “systematic approach” in selecting the U.S. captain for 2016.

Bishop, who expressed “absolutely no regrets” over the appointment of the much maligned Tom Watson for last week’s Cup showdown with Europe at Gleneagles in Scotland, is also in favor of a much later selection of the 2016 U.S. team.

Sep 25, 2014

Players to be schooled on Olympic Games’ anti-doping policy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Golfers who are policed by an anti-doping code on the PGA Tour that is viewed by critics as too opaque will have to adapt to a much more transparent programme if they qualify to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Unlike the International Golf Federation (IGF), which will administer golf’s reappearance as an Olympic sport after an absence of more than a century, the PGA Tour is not a signatory to the code implemented by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Sep 24, 2014

Golf-Players to be schooled on Games’ anti-doping policy

LOS ANGELES, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Golfers who are policed by an anti-doping code on the PGA Tour that is viewed by critics as too opaque will have to adapt to a much more transparent programme if they qualify to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Unlike the International Golf Federation (IGF), which will administer golf’s reappearance as an Olympic sport after an absence of more than a century, the PGA Tour is not a signatory to the code implemented by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Sep 24, 2014

Golf-Medinah motivation could backfire on U.S. – Rose

LOS ANGELES, Sept 18 (Reuters) – The ploy by the United States to draw extra motivation from a stinging loss to Europe at Medinah two years ago could prove to be “a double-edged sword” for them at next week’s Ryder Cup in Scotland, Justin Rose told Reuters.

U.S. captain Tom Watson has already pinpointed that 2012 defeat outside Chicago as a focal point for his team, saying the Americans will be driven to make amends for one of their most harrowing experiences in the biennial competition.

Sep 18, 2014

Medinah motivation could backfire on U.S.: Rose

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The ploy by the United States to draw extra motivation from a stinging loss to Europe at Medinah two years ago could prove to be “a double-edged sword” for them at next week’s Ryder Cup in Scotland, Justin Rose told Reuters.

U.S. captain Tom Watson has already pinpointed that 2012 defeat outside Chicago as a focal point for his team, saying the Americans will be driven to make amends for one of their most harrowing experiences in the biennial competition.

Sep 18, 2014

Extra Cup motivation not necessary for Johnson

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – American Zach Johnson says he does not need any extra motivation at this month’s Ryder Cup in Scotland where the United States will bid to improve on a dismal record of seven losses to Europe in the last nine editions.

The last time the teams met, in what became known as the ‘Meltdown at Medinah’ in 2012, the Americans threw away a commanding four-point lead going into the last-day singles to lose by 14-1/2 points to 13-1/2.

Sep 18, 2014

Medinah motivation could backfire on U.S. – Justin Rose

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The ploy by the United States to draw extra motivation from a stinging loss to Europe at Medinah two years ago could prove to be “a double-edged sword” for them at next week’s Ryder Cup in Scotland, Justin Rose told Reuters.

U.S. captain Tom Watson has already pinpointed that 2012 defeat outside Chicago as a focal point for his team, saying the Americans will be driven to make amends for one of their most harrowing experiences in the biennial competition.

Sep 15, 2014

Interview: Excited Walker eyes Cup debut after stunning year

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Making the United States Ryder Cup for the first time had long been a goal for Jimmy Walker, though it was a fairly remote one as he toiled away almost anonymously as a journeyman on the highly competitive PGA Tour.

But that changed in the proverbial blink of an eye after the American made a stunning start to the 2013-14 season, winning three times in eight events to rocket up the U.S. Cup standings.